About

Worcester County offers a dynamic growth marketplace, with multiple opportunities in retail, professional and health services. Our county offers a superb family-friendly lifestyle, outstanding school system and friendly towns, which when coupled with our low tax rate, enterprise zones and ready access to major metropolitan markets, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, means we are serious about attracting and retaining your business.

We’d like you to know that Worcester County ranks number one in the state of Maryland for in-state wealth transfer, which packaged with a growing population, means that opportunities abound. Our low tax environment, with the second lowest property tax rate and the lowest piggyback tax rate in Maryland means we are highly competitive as a business location. Our area boasts many attractive business incentives as well, including three enterprise zones in Berlin, Pocomoke City and Snow Hill. Worcester County is defined as a Small Business Administration HUBZone, meaning additional benefits for you and your business if located here.

Our Mission

To improve the quality of life for county citizens by increasing employment opportunities, expanding the tax base, protecting our environmental assets and creating full-time, family supporting jobs.

For more information, please email: info@choosemarylandscoast.org

Melanie Pursel

Tourism and Economic Development Director

Melanie’s passion for economic and tourism development was fostered early in her career as a workforce specialist with the Maryland Department of Transportation and Tri-County Council for the Lower Shore. She took the reins of the County’s tourism office in April 2020. Prior to joining the County, Melanie served as Executive Director of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce. During her tenure, the Chamber successfully launched a workforce development initiative, founded a non-profit charitable arm and secured $500,000 to retire building debt. A native Baltimorean, Melanie fell in love with Maryland’s Coast while earning a B.S. in business management from Salisbury University in 1997 and moved to Berlin. She received a graduate degree in industrial psychology from the University of Baltimore in 2000.

Michele Burke

Business Development and Retention Specialist

Michele has nurtured her career helping people and organizations thrive in progressively responsible positions in hospitality and retail sales. After moving to Maryland’s Coast in 1988, she attended Wor-Wic Community College where she studied business. Michele’s tenure as a flight attendant ignited her love of travel while her sales success strengthened her knowledge of business and industry. Passionate about making a difference in the community where she lives and works, she serves as a volunteer and board member with numerous nonprofit and charitable organizations.

Jackie Trieu

Workforce Engagement Specialist

Jackie facilitates strategic alliances based on analysis of economic value of business employee needs relevant to worker experience and skills. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Towson University, has a membership affiliation with the Maryland Economic Development Association and is bilingual in Spanish.

Brianna Dix

Advertising & Destination Marketing Specialist

Brianna is a local to Maryland’s Coast, she was raised and grew up working in Snow Hill. In 2016, she graduated with her bachelor of fine arts degree in photography and computer imagery from Shepherd University. Her heart then drew her back to her hometown, where she worked as the marketing program manager for the Worcester County Recreation and Parks Department. Since then, she married her high school sweetheart and started a family. Brianna’s passion includes photography, all things marketing and advertising the county she loves to all.

Taryn Bradley

Office Assistant